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Re: “Meaningful posturing

Ernie --

This is the only competent column I have read about the Buffett Rule. Of course it was political posturing, although only in the sense that it had no chance of becoming law. Had it done so, it would have been the most significant tax reform in the last ten years, maybe more, which is a sad comment on our representatives. Pryor's defense that "It was political so I couldn't vote for it" is disingenuous. People use the word "political" so dismissively, you would think politicians don't have anything to do with the government we have to live with.

Most importantly, you bring up the astoundingly unmentioned fact that Republican policies, most lately embodied by Ryan, Cantor, and the like, have not only never proven themselves in the real world, they have been disproven more than once! Reagan shilled for the idea that tax cuts would "pay for themselves" and the economy suffered. Bush Sr. and Clinton both raised taxes, and although the 1990's were depressing from a liberal point of view, they did not lack for growth. And then Shrub got through the most extreme versions (so far) of tax cuts in 2001 and 2003 and ended up with something like the worst record of job creation in the last 70 years or so, not helped by two bloated, incompetent wars, the fraudulent Medicare prescription bill, and the single most concentrated redistribution of wealth I believe this country has ever seen, a.k.a. the bailouts.

Posted by Henry William Randolph Murphy on 04/29/2012 at 2:40 AM

Re: “Meaningful posturing

Ernie -- This is the single most competent column I have read, anywhere, on this Buffett Tax thing. Yes, it is political posturing, although if the bill had passed, it would have been the most significant tax reform in the United States in the last ten years, maybe more. Your analysis of Pryor's "It's just political so I can't vote for it" posturing is dead-on. It is indeed symbolic, which is why it might work for the Democrats in the short term. I have never understood how people can vote for the Republicans who transparently stand up for the rights of millionaires and billionaires to evade taxes.

Most significantly, you point out the astonishingly unmentioned fact that Republicans and their economic policy allies have for the last 30 years pushed a tax-cutting agenda that has not only never been proven to provide economic energy, but in fact has been disproven to do so more than once. Reagan cut taxes and the economy suffered. Bush Sr. and Clinton both raised taxes, mainly on the wealthy, and the economy expanded. Shrub not only cut taxes but carried off two wars and a fraudulent Medicare prescription program while generating something like the worst record of job creation in decades, capping it all off with legalized torture, illegal eavesdropping, and the most concentrated redistribution of wealth up the economic ladder perhaps in our history.

Posted by Henry William Randolph Murphy on 04/29/2012 at 2:20 AM

Re: “Media botches Trayvon Martin coverage

Gene -- You are right to point out Al Sharpton's history of capitalizing on controversial incidents such as the Tawana Brawley case. It gets forgotten, most conspicuously in the 2008 Democratic primaries, where Sharpton seemed to have shed the homonym "charlatan" as easily as he shed a few dozen pounds.

Also, I was not aware that Zimmerman had been thoroughly interrogated and recommended for a charge of manslaughter. The media had the story that he basically walked away from the scene and that the Sanford police kind of shrugged their shoulders about the whole thing. I've said it before and I'll say it again: Thanks, greatest media in the world!

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Posted by Henry William Randolph Murphy on 04/29/2012 at 1:59 AM

Re: “The 'science' on conservatism

Gene --
Actually, conservatives are often sniffily critical of one man-one vote. I have never understood why; none of the arguments I have read against it make much sense.

And Brad Bailey is the most correct person on here. Everyone else seems to think because they have read the name Keynes somewhere they are experts on economics. I love it when people preface ridiculous prophecies with "It's safe to say." I'll tell you what it's safe to say -- oh never mind.

Posted by Henry William Randolph Murphy on 04/22/2012 at 3:45 PM

Re: “Walking the streets while black can be deadly

The neighborhood watch seems to be one step away from becoming a vigilante posse. I'm sure there's a lot of people who heard this story, shaking their heads at the tragedy, who deep down want to carry a gun, patrol the streets, and confront every lone black male carrying candy they come across. Thanks, decades of media fear-mongering and racial segregation.

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Posted by Henry William Randolph Murphy on 03/19/2012 at 9:53 AM

 

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